Barbra Streisand releases 'The Ultimate Collection - 17 of her greatest recordings together on one album
Album features'Memory', 'Woman In Love', 'The Way We Were', 'You Don't Bring Me Flowers', 'Guilty', 'Don't Rain On My Parade', 'People', 'Smile', 'Somewhere' and many more
In 2010 Barbra Streisand became the first (and only) artist to have a number one album in each of the last five decades - the album artwork salutes this achievement with a photograph from each decade.
Tracks: 1. Woman In Love 2. Evergreen (Love Theme From "A Star Is Born") 3. The Way We Were 4. You Don't Bring Me Flowers 5. Guilty 6. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (Duet with Donna Summer) 7. Don't Rain On My Parade 8. Memory 9. Papa, Can You Hear Me? 10. As If We Never Said Goodbye 11. Tell Him (Duet with Celine Dion) 12. Stranger In A Strange Land 13. I've Dreamed Of You 14. Send In The Clowns 15. People 16. Smile 17. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning 18. Somewhere
Album: Barbra Streisand - The Ultimate Collection
Woman in Love
Way We Were, The
You Don't Bring Me Flowers
No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
Don't Rain on My Parade
Papa, Can You Hear Me?
As If We Never Said Goodbye
Stranger in a Strange Land
I've Dreamed of You
Send in the Clowns
In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
Liner Note Author: Jay Landers .
Photographers: Steve Schapiro; Greg Gorman; Firooz Zahedi; Randee St. Nicholas.
Having recently become the only artist to score a U.K. number one album in each of the last five decades, the subject of Duck Sauce's Boney M-sampling club anthem, and a much talked about inspiration for one of the main characters in Glee, this 2010 Sony compilation of the legendary Barbra Streisand couldn't have been timed any better. Barbra: The Ultimate Collection may be less comprehensive than 2002's two-disc The Essential, but its track list still reads like a dictionary of definitions of easy listening pop standards, with a representative selection covering 45 years, from 1964's debut hit "People" to her cover of Frank Sinatra's "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" from 2009's Diana Krall-produced Love Is the Answer. All of her five Billboard chart-toppers are here, from her very first number one, "The Way We Were," to Academy Award-winning Best Original Song, "Love Theme from `A Star Is Born' (Evergreen)," to her duets with Donna Summer (a rare venture into disco territory on "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)") and Neil Diamond ("You Don't Bring Me Flowers"), to her signature tune, "Woman in Love." But there are equally classic tracks elsewhere, with numbers from her most famous films such as Yentl's "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" and Funny Girl's "Don't Rain on My Parade," collaborations with Celine Dion ("Tell Him") and Barry Gibb ("Guilty"), and her powerful renditions of musical standards from Sunset Boulevard ("As If We Never Said Goodbye"), A Little Night Music ("Send in the Clowns"), and West Side Story ("Somewhere"). There are a few notable omissions, such as her last U.S. Top Ten single (the Bryan Adams duet "I Finally Found Someone"), and a couple of heavy hitters from her prolific '70s heyday ("My Heart Belongs to Me," "Stoney End"), but on the whole, Barbra: The Ultimate Collection is a valiant attempt to paint as big a picture of her illustrious career as is possible on just a single disc. ~ Jon O'Brien